The Elgar Companion to John Maynard Keynes
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The Elgar Companion to John Maynard Keynes

Edited by Robert W. Dimand and Harald Hagemann

The most influential and controversial economist of the twentieth century, John Maynard Keynes was the leading founder of modern macroeconomics, and was also an important historical figure as a critic of the Versailles Peace Treaty after World War I and an architect of the Bretton Woods international monetary system after World War II. This comprehensive Companion elucidates his contributions, his significance, his historical context and his continuing legacy.
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Chapter 59: Roy Forbes Harrod

Daniele Besomi

Abstract

This chapter provides a biographical outline of Roy Harrod’s life, summarizing his main lines of work and highlighting his relationship with Keynes. The latter emerges in particular from their very extensive correspondence, where the two economists discussed each other works (including Harrod’s writings on economic dynamics and methodology, and Keynes’s General Theory), and policy issues. These exchanges often shed light on aspects that remain unclear in the published writings (especially Harrod’s).

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